Squamish, British Columbia

What is Squamish, British Columbia known for?


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and windsurfing are popular water sports in Squamish during the summer. Predictable wind on warm sunny days makes the Squamish Spit is the top kiteboarding location in western Canada. Squamish Spit Squamish's extensive quality trail system is a key feature of an annual 50-mile ultra trail run, the Arc'teryx Squamish 50. Solo runners and relay teams run on many of the same trails as the Test of Metal, and pass through Alice Lake Provincial Park and the campus of Quest University. "The Double" is an award offered annually to the participant with the fastest combined time for both the Test of Metal and Arc'teryx Squamish 50. Arc'teryx Squamish 50 Other tourist attractions in Squamish include Shannon Falls waterfall; river-rafting (whitewater rafting) on the Elaho (Elaho River) and Squamish (Squamish River) rivers; wind surfing and kite surfing at the mouth of the Squamish River; snowmobiling on nearby Brohm Ridge; and bald eagle viewing in the community of Brackendale (Brackendale, British Columbia), which has one of North America's largest populations of bald eagles. Squamish is also a popular destination among Greater Vancouver hikers, mountaineers (Mountaineering) and backcountry skiers (Backcountry skiing), who visit the large provincial parks in the surrounding Coast Mountains. Politics The current mayor of Squamish is Patricia Heintzman,who won the 2014 election. Previous mayors include Rob Kirkham (2011-2014); Greg Gardner (2008-2011); Ian Sutherland (2002–2008); Corinne Lonsdale (1993–2002); Egon Tobus (1990–93); Phil Turner (1983–90); William Elliott (1980–83); Izzy Boscariol (1977–80); and Pat Brennan (1964–77). Current council members include Doug Race, Jason Blackman-Wulff, Karen Elliott, Peter Kent Susan Chapelle, and Ted Prior. The municipality is also part of the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District (Squamish-Lillooet Regional District, British Columbia). On the provincial level, Squamish is in the West Vancouver-Sea to Sky electoral district. The MLA is Jordan Sturdy (BC Liberal (British Columbia Liberal Party)). He was elected in the 2013 provincial election (British Columbia general election, 2013) after his predecessor, Joan McIntyre, also of the British Columbia Liberal Party, retired from politics. Sturdy was the sitting mayor of the town of Pemberton (Pemberton, British Columbia) at the time of his election to the British Columbia Legislature. Federally, Squamish is a part of the West Vancouver—Sunshine Coast—Sea to Sky Country electoral district. It is represented by John Weston (John Weston (politician)) (Conservative Party of Canada), who took office after Canada's 2008 federal election (Canadian federal election, 2008). Education Squamish has six public elementary schools: Brackendale, Garibaldi Highlands, Mamquam, Squamish Elementary, Stawamus Elementary and Valleycliffe Elementary. There are two public secondary schools – Howe Sound Secondary School and Don Ross Secondary School – as well as the board office for School District 48 Howe Sound. Squamish Montessori Elementary School is a Ministry of Education Independent school. The Cedar Valley Waldorf School also operates in Squamish. Cedar Valley Waldorf School The ''Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britannique'' operates one Francophone primary school in that city: the ''école Les Aiglons''. "Carte des écoles." ''Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britanique''. Retrieved on 22 January 2015. Squamish Montessori Preschool and Elementary School is a provincially funded independent school offering AMI Montessori education for K-6 aged children as well as early education for 2.5 to 6 year olds. Coast Mountain Academy is the Sea-to-Sky Corridor's first and only independent university-preparatory school for grades 7 through 12. CMA is located in the campus of Quest University and offers Academic, Arts, Athletics, and Elite Athlete Academies. Capilano University offers post-secondary education through its Squamish campus, including diploma programs and university transfer courses. Quest University (located in the Garibaldi Highlands neighbourhood) opened in September 2007. It is Canada's first private, non-profit, secular university. south of Squamish (Squamish, British Columbia) along the Sea to Sky Highway. Shannon Falls is the third highest waterfall in British Columbia. It is located just to the south of the town of Squamish (Squamish, British Columbia), on the Sea to Sky Highway at the top NE corner of the Howe Sound.


romantic comedy

'' starring Hilary Swank, Al Pacino, and Robin Williams. Squamish was the primary filming location of ABC (American Broadcasting Company)'s romantic comedy-drama television series ''Men In Trees'' and was featured prominently in a Season 4 episode of the American television series ''Supernatural (Supernatural (U.S. TV series))'' titled "Wishful Thinking". It was the filming location for Global TV's drama action series '' The Guard (Canadian TV series) The Guard


gold production

grew to 1,000 by 1940, and by 1942, five gold mines were in production in the Yellowknife region. However, by 1944, gold production had ground to a halt as men were needed for the war effort (Military history of Canada during the Second World War). An exploration program at the Giant Mine property on the north end of town had suggested a sizable gold deposit in 1944. This new find resulted in a massive post-war staking rush to Yellowknife. Decoursey, Duke


huge rock

of a major sawmill in 2004, Squamish has become a tourist destination and a commuter community for workers in nearby Whistler and Vancouver. The recent closure of the Woodfibre pulp mill in 2006 signals an end to the resource based economy here. Squamish is a world centre for rock climbing, with the 1500' bulk of the Stawamus Chief, a huge rock formation always busy with climbers, along with other formations overlooking downtown and the head of Howe Sound. In addition,the strong winds and flat


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of Mount Garibaldi. south of Squamish (Squamish, British Columbia) along the Sea to Sky Highway. Shannon Falls is the third highest waterfall in British Columbia. It is located just to the south of the town of Squamish (Squamish, British Columbia), on the Sea to Sky Highway at the top NE corner of the Howe Sound.


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Attractions include the Stawamus Chief, a huge cliff-faced granite massif favoured by rock climbers. As well as over 300 climbing routes on the Chief proper, a majority of which require traditional climbing protection, there are steep hiking trails around the back to access the three peaks that make up the massif, all giving great views of Howe Sound and the surrounding Coast Mountains. In all, between Shannon Falls, Murrin Park (Murrin Provincial Park), The Malamute, and the Little Smoke Bluffs, there are well over 1200 rock-climbing routes in the Squamish area (and another 300 or so climbs north of Squamish on the road to Whistler). In recent years, Squamish has also become a major destination for bouldering, with over 2500 problems described in the local guidebook. Squamish Bouldering, 2nd Edition, Quickdraw Publications, 2010, ISBN 978-0-9732593-7-7. Another activity for which Squamish is well known is mountain biking, with over 600 trails suitable to all riders that can ride ultra-steep trails with huge gaps and steep rock surrounding the town. One of the more famous events supported by the Mountain Biking Community is the "Test of Metal," Test of Metal a 67-kilometre, cross-country, mountain-bike race held annually in late June. Limited to 800 riders, the 2007 race sold out in under an hour. Kiteboarding and windsurfing are popular water sports in Squamish during the summer. Predictable wind on warm sunny days makes the Squamish Spit is the top kiteboarding location in western Canada. Squamish Spit Squamish's extensive quality trail system is a key feature of an annual 50-mile ultra trail run, the Arc'teryx Squamish 50. Solo runners and relay teams run on many of the same trails as the Test of Metal, and pass through Alice Lake Provincial Park and the campus of Quest University. "The Double" is an award offered annually to the participant with the fastest combined time for both the Test of Metal and Arc'teryx Squamish 50. Arc'teryx Squamish 50 Other tourist attractions in Squamish include Shannon Falls waterfall; river-rafting (whitewater rafting) on the Elaho (Elaho River) and Squamish (Squamish River) rivers; wind surfing and kite surfing at the mouth of the Squamish River; snowmobiling on nearby Brohm Ridge; and bald eagle viewing in the community of Brackendale (Brackendale, British Columbia), which has one of North America's largest populations of bald eagles. Squamish is also a popular destination among Greater Vancouver hikers, mountaineers (Mountaineering) and backcountry skiers (Backcountry skiing), who visit the large provincial parks in the surrounding Coast Mountains. Politics The current mayor of Squamish is Patricia Heintzman,who won the 2014 election. Previous mayors include Rob Kirkham (2011-2014); Greg Gardner (2008-2011); Ian Sutherland (2002–2008); Corinne Lonsdale (1993–2002); Egon Tobus (1990–93); Phil Turner (1983–90); William Elliott (1980–83); Izzy Boscariol (1977–80); and Pat Brennan (1964–77). Current council members include Doug Race, Jason Blackman-Wulff, Karen Elliott, Peter Kent Susan Chapelle, and Ted Prior. The municipality is also part of the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District (Squamish-Lillooet Regional District, British Columbia). On the provincial level, Squamish is in the West Vancouver-Sea to Sky electoral district. The MLA is Jordan Sturdy (BC Liberal (British Columbia Liberal Party)). He was elected in the 2013 provincial election (British Columbia general election, 2013) after his predecessor, Joan McIntyre, also of the British Columbia Liberal Party, retired from politics. Sturdy was the sitting mayor of the town of Pemberton (Pemberton, British Columbia) at the time of his election to the British Columbia Legislature. Federally, Squamish is a part of the West Vancouver—Sunshine Coast—Sea to Sky Country electoral district. It is represented by John Weston (John Weston (politician)) (Conservative Party of Canada), who took office after Canada's 2008 federal election (Canadian federal election, 2008). Education Squamish has six public elementary schools: Brackendale, Garibaldi Highlands, Mamquam, Squamish Elementary, Stawamus Elementary and Valleycliffe Elementary. There are two public secondary schools – Howe Sound Secondary School and Don Ross Secondary School – as well as the board office for School District 48 Howe Sound. Squamish Montessori Elementary School is a Ministry of Education Independent school. The Cedar Valley Waldorf School also operates in Squamish. Cedar Valley Waldorf School The ''Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britannique'' operates one Francophone primary school in that city: the ''école Les Aiglons''. "Carte des écoles." ''Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britanique''. Retrieved on 22 January 2015. Squamish Montessori Preschool and Elementary School is a provincially funded independent school offering AMI Montessori education for K-6 aged children as well as early education for 2.5 to 6 year olds. Coast Mountain Academy is the Sea-to-Sky Corridor's first and only independent university-preparatory school for grades 7 through 12. CMA is located in the campus of Quest University and offers Academic, Arts, Athletics, and Elite Athlete Academies. Capilano University offers post-secondary education through its Squamish campus, including diploma programs and university transfer courses. Quest University (located in the Garibaldi Highlands neighbourhood) opened in September 2007. It is Canada's first private, non-profit, secular university. south of Squamish (Squamish, British Columbia) along the Sea to Sky Highway. Shannon Falls is the third highest waterfall in British Columbia. It is located just to the south of the town of Squamish (Squamish, British Columbia), on the Sea to Sky Highway at the top NE corner of the Howe Sound.


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'' and (Garibaldi Highlands) was the filming location for the 1993 movie ''Free Willy'' scene where Jason James Richter bikes down the hill to the bay (Howe Sound). It is featured in the 2008 movie ''Chaos Theory (Chaos Theory (film))'' among others. In 1996 a scene featuring Adam Sandler and Bob Barker for the film ''Happy Gilmore'' was filmed at the Furry Creek Golf Course in Squamish. In 1998, Squamish was briefly the home of the world's first unionized McDonald's


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schools: Brackendale, Garibaldi Highlands, Mamquam, Squamish Elementary, Stawamus Elementary and Valleycliffe Elementary. There are two public secondary schools – Howe Sound Secondary School and Don Ross Secondary School – as well as the board office for School District 48 Howe Sound. Squamish Montessori Elementary School is a Ministry of Education Independent school. The Cedar Valley Waldorf School also operates in Squamish. Cedar Valley Waldorf School The ''Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britannique'' operates one Francophone primary school in that city: the ''école Les Aiglons''. "Carte des écoles." ''Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britanique''. Retrieved on 22 January 2015. Squamish Montessori Preschool and Elementary School is a provincially funded independent school offering AMI Montessori education for K-6 aged children as well as early education for 2.5 to 6 year olds. Coast Mountain Academy is the Sea-to-Sky Corridor's first and only independent university-preparatory school for grades 7 through 12. CMA is located in the campus of Quest University and offers Academic, Arts, Athletics, and Elite Athlete Academies. Capilano University offers post-secondary education through its Squamish campus, including diploma programs and university transfer courses. Quest University (located in the Garibaldi Highlands neighbourhood) opened in September 2007. It is Canada's first private, non-profit, secular university. south of Squamish (Squamish, British Columbia) along the Sea to Sky Highway. Shannon Falls is the third highest waterfall in British Columbia. It is located just to the south of the town of Squamish (Squamish, British Columbia), on the Sea to Sky Highway at the top NE corner of the Howe Sound.


shooting site

steamer (A new MV ''Britannia'' built in 1983 is in use as a tourboat based in Coal Harbour, Vancouver). Today the mine mill site is the popular Britannia Mine Museum, with mine shaft tours, gold panning etc. The prominent multi-story mine building underwent a restoration with the replacement of hundreds of window panes. The former mine site is also frequently used as a shooting site for a variety of TV and movie productions, most notably the popular X-Files TV series. Near Squamish (Squamish, British Columbia) is Britannia Beach (Britannia Beach, British Columbia), the former gold and copper mining town and port with some highway-based eateries and stores. Its name does not come directly from associations with Britain, but from the MV ''Britannia'' (MV Britannia), the old Vancouver-Squamish (Squamish, British Columbia) steamer (Steamboat) (A new MV ''Britannia'' built in 1983 is in use as a tourboat based in Coal Harbour, Vancouver). Today the mine mill site is the popular Britannia Mine Museum, with mine shaft tours, gold panning etc. The prominent multi-story mine building underwent a restoration with the replacement of hundreds of window panes. The former mine site is also frequently used as a shooting site for a variety of TV and movie productions, most notably the popular X-Files TV series. The '''Cheakamus River''' (pron. CHEK-a-moose) is a tributary of the Squamish River, beginning on the west slopes of Outlier Peak in Garibaldi Provincial Park upstream from Cheakamus Lake on the southeastern outskirts of the resort area of Whistler (Whistler, British Columbia). The river flows into Cheakamus Lake before exiting it and flowing northwest until it turns south and enters Daisy Lake (Daisy Lake (British Columbia)). Between the outlet of Daisy Lake and its mouth, much of its length is spent going through Cheakamus Canyon, where the river flows through swift rapids and even one good sized waterfall. The river flows south from the lake and through the canyon before joining the Squamish River at Cheekye, a few miles north of the town of Squamish (Squamish, British Columbia). The river's name is an anglicization of the name of Chiyakmesh ("people of the fish weir"), a village of the Skwxwu7mesh people and a reserve of the Squamish Nation. The Tantalus Range is a favourite with climbers, and also with photographers and filmmakers. The best views of it can be had just north of Squamish (Squamish, British Columbia) from the Brohm Ridge and Cheakamus Canyon (Cheakamus River) stretches of BC Highway 99 (British Columbia provincial highway 99) (the Sea-to-Sky Highway). *Tsawwassen (Tsawwassen First Nation) *Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish people, Squamish (Squamish, British Columbia) and North Vancouver (North Vancouver, British Columbia) *Shishalh—Sechelt (Sechelt, British Columbia) and lower Sunshine Coast (Sunshine Coast (British Columbia)) south of Squamish (Squamish, British Columbia) along the Sea to Sky Highway. Shannon Falls is the third highest waterfall in British Columbia. It is located just to the south of the town of Squamish (Squamish, British Columbia), on the Sea to Sky Highway at the top NE corner of the Howe Sound.


academic arts

independent school offering AMI Montessori education for K-6 aged children as well as early education for 2.5 to 6 year olds. Coast Mountain Academy is the Sea-to-Sky Corridor's first and only independent university-preparatory school for grades 7 through 12. CMA is located in the campus of Quest University and offers Academic, Arts, Athletics, and Elite Athlete Academies. Capilano University offers post-secondary education through its Squamish campus, including diploma programs and university transfer courses. Quest University (located in the Garibaldi Highlands neighbourhood) opened in September 2007. It is Canada's first private, non-profit, secular university. south of Squamish (Squamish, British Columbia) along the Sea to Sky Highway. Shannon Falls is the third highest waterfall in British Columbia. It is located just to the south of the town of Squamish (Squamish, British Columbia), on the Sea to Sky Highway at the top NE corner of the Howe Sound.

Squamish, British Columbia

name Squamish official_name District of Squamish other_name native_name nickname settlement_type District municipality (List of district municipalities in British Columbia) motto image_skyline SquamishMain.jpg imagesize image_caption Cleveland Avenue in Squamish with Mount Garibaldi looming in the background image_flag flag_size image_seal seal_size image_shield shield_size image_blank_emblem Squamish-logo.png blank_emblem_size image_map mapsize map_caption pushpin_map Canada British Columbia pushpin_label_position pushpin_map_caption Location of Squamish in British Columbia pushpin_mapsize coordinates_region CA-BC subdivision_type Country subdivision_name Canada subdivision_type1 Province (Provinces and territories of Canada) subdivision_name1 subdivision_type2 Region (Regions of Canada#British Columbia) subdivision_name2 Howe Sound Sea to Sky Country subdivision_type3 Regional District (Regional districts of British Columbia) subdivision_name3 Squamish-Lillooet Regional District subdivision_type4 subdivision_name4 government_footnotes government_type leader_title Mayor leader_name Rob Kirkham leader_title1 Governing body (Local government) leader_name1 Squamish Council leader_title2 MP (Members of the Canadian House of Commons) leader_name2 John Weston (John Weston (politician)) leader_title3 MLA (Legislative Assembly of British Columbia) leader_name3 Jordan Sturdy leader_title4 leader_name4 established_title established_date established_title2 established_date2 established_title3 established_date3 area_magnitude unit_pref area_total_km2 104.88 area_land_km2 area_water_km2 area_total_sq_mi area_land_sq_mi area_water_sq_mi area_water_percent area_urban_km2 area_urban_sq_mi area_metro_km2 area_metro_sq_mi area_blank1_title area_blank1_km2 area_blank1_sq_mi population_as_of 2011 population_footnotes population_note population_total 17,158 population_density_km2 163.6 population_density_sq_mi population_metro population_density_metro_km2 population_density_metro_sq_mi population_urban population_density_urban_km2 population_density_urban_sq_mi population_blank1_title population_blank1 population_density_blank1_km2 population_density_blank1_sq_mi population_demonym Squamoleon timezone Pacific Time Zone utc_offset -8 timezone_DST Pacific Daylight Time utc_offset_DST -7 latd 49 latm 42 lats 6 latNS N longd 123 longm 09 longs 32 longEW W elevation_footnotes tags-- elevation_m 5 elevation_ft postal_code_type Postal code span postal_code V0N (List of V Postal Codes of Canada), V8B (List of V Postal Codes of Canada) area_code 604 (Area code 604) blank_name blank_info blank1_name blank1_info website District of Squamish footnotes '''Squamish''' ( ; 2011 census population 17,158) is a community and a district municipality in the Canadian (Canada) province of British Columbia, located at the north end of Howe Sound on the Sea to Sky Highway (British Columbia Highway 99). The population of the Squamish census agglomeration – including First Nation reserve (Indian reserve)s of the Squamish Nation not governed by the municipality – is 15,256. Statistics Canada. Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, census metropolitan areas, census agglomerations and census subdivisions (municipalities), 2006 and 2001 censuses – 100% data Retrieved on: July 30, 2007.

The town of Squamish had its beginning during the construction of the Pacific Great Eastern Railway in the 1910s. It was the first southern terminus of that railway (now a part of CN (Canadian National Railway)). The town remains important in the operations of the line and also the port. Forestry has traditionally been the main industry in the area, and the town's largest employer was the Western Forest Products pulp mill. However, Western Pulp's Squamish Operation permanently ceased operation on January 26, 2006. Western Forest Products Western Forest Products Announces Q1 2006 Results Strategic Acquisitions Closed. Press Release, May 12, 2006. retrieved on: July 30, 2007. Before the pulp mill, the town's largest employer had been International Forest Products (Interfor) with its sawmill and logging operation, but it closed a few years prior to the pulp mill's closing. In recent years, Squamish has become popular with Vancouver and Whistler (Whistler, British Columbia) residents' escaping the increased cost of living in those places, both less than one hour away by highway. Tourism is an increasingly important part of the town's economy, with an emphasis on outdoor recreation.

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